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ACGIH® Introduces New Online TLVs® and BEIs® Resource Section

 

ACGIH® INTRODUCES NEW ONLINE TLVs® AND BEIs® RESOURCE SECTION

Cincinnati, Ohio — November 27, 2002 — In an effort to make the threshold limit values (TLVs®) and biological exposures indices (BEIs®) guideline establishment process more transparent, and to assist ACGIH® members, government regulators, and industry groups in understanding the basis and limitations of the TLVs® and BEIs®, ACGIH® has recently launched an online TLVs® and BEIs® Resource Section on its website at www.acgih.org/TLV/.

The TLV® and BEI® Resources Section is divided into eight categories, each containing clear and concise information. The categories are:

The ACGIH® Policy and Process on Bias and Potential Conflicts of Interest, which applies to the Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and Committee members (including consultant members), safeguards the integrity and credibility of ACGIH® programs and activities. The Policy, as well as ACGIH®'s oversight and review, each play an important part in the protection of ACGIH®'s programs and activities from inappropriate influences.

The Notice of Intended Changes (NIC) is a listing of the proposed actions of the TLV®-CS, TLV®-PA, and BEI® Committees. This Notice provides an opportunity for public comment and solicits suggestions of substances or agents to be added to the list. Values remain on the NIC for approximately one year after they have been ratified by ACGIH®'s Board of Directors. If no new information is discovered that questions the appropriateness of the value, it will be considered for adoption.

The TLV®/BEI® Policy Statement states what the TLVs® and BEIs® are and how they are intended to be used. While the TLVs® and BEIs® do contribute to the overall improvement in worker protection, the user must recognize the constraints and limitations subject to their proper use and bear the responsibility for such use.

The TLV®/BEI® Position Statement expresses ACGIH®'s position on the TLVs® and BEIs® process. ACGIH® is proud of the positive impact that the TLVs® and BEIs® have had on workers worldwide, and stands behind the hard work of its Committees to make the process more transparent and accessible.

The TLV®/BEI® Development Process gives an overview of the process the Committees go through when establishing a TLV® or BEI®. This section includes a tabular timeline detailing the life of a value, and a graphic to enable the user to visualize the steps involved more easily.

The TLV®-CS Operations Manual is a portable data file (PDF) of the Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances Committee's Operations Manual. The Manual covers everything that has anything to do with the chemical substance TLVs®, including the Committee's mission, membership in the Committee, Committee make-up, internal and external communications with the Committee, flow of information, and procedures for developing symposia and workshops.

The TLV®-CS Process Presentation is a PowerPoint slide presentation entitled "The Process for Decision Making." Presented at the 2002 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) in San Diego, California, the forum was open to all AIHce registrants and focused on the process and procedures used by ACGIH® and the TLV®-CS Committee in selecting substances, developing TLV® Documentation, and recommending notations for skin absorption, sensitization, and carcinogenicity, as well as recommending particle size sampling. The make-up of the TLV®-CS Committee and its management of conflicts of interest is also described.

The last category in the TLV® and BEI® Resources Section is the Under Study List. This list contains substances, agents, and issues that are being considered by the Committees. Each Committee solicits data, comments, and suggestions that may assist in their deliberations about substances, agents, and issues on the Under Study List.

Clearly, the TLVs® and BEIs® guideline establishment process is detailed. As such, every effort has been made to clarify the process, make the information more accessible to ACGIH® members, government regulators, and industry groups, and facilitate an understanding of the basis and limitations of the TLVs® and BEIs®.

Clearly, the TLVs® and BEIs® guideline establishment process is detailed. As such, every effort has been made to clarify the process, make the information more accessible to ACGIH® members, government regulators, and industry groups, and facilitate an understanding of the basis and limitations of the TLVs® and BEIs®. In so doing, ACGIH® continues to do what it does best - aid the industrial hygiene community in improving worker health and safety.

ACGIH® Worldwide is a member-based organization that advances worker health and safety through education and the development and dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge. ACGIH® is one of the industry's leading publications resources, with approximately 400 titles relative to occupational and environmental health and safety, including the renowned TLVs® and BEIs®. For more information, visit the ACGIH® website at www.acgih.org or call our Customer Service Representatives at 513-742-2020.

Amy Bloomhuff, Esq.
Director of Operations
513-742-6163, extension 116

abloomhuff@acgih.org